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Rolling over the Royals

May 4, vs. Kansas City


How many Grinders did KW use today:
8
"Freddy Garcia is grinder supreme for battling Kansas City all night.  Politte, Marte, and Hermanson help slam the door and 5-6-7-8 hitters Rowand, Dye, Pierzynski, and Crede effectively carry offense, accounting for 5 of 6 hits and all 4 runs and RBIs."

Short Take:  2-run homer by A.J. Pierzynski and solid effort from Freddy Garcia help lift Sox to 4th straight win and 5th in 5 games against Kansas City.

Though many of the "great minds" employed in Bristol, Connecticut would dismiss the White Sox's now 20-7 record as being bloated by bad competition, Sox fans know that these early season contests with Detroit and Kansas City are showing a truly different attitude concerning the team.  In years past, we would suffer agonizingly through 1-0 losses in Detroit or 17-14 losses in Montreal.  Nope, this year the White Sox are doing exactly what good, fundamentally sound baseball teams do; they don't play to the level of their competition and beat teams that they are supposed to.  Maybe it isn't the most humane ambition, to kick a team like the struggling Royals when they are down, but when you've waited for nearly nine decades for a World Title, you just have to do what you got to do.  The Sox won their fifth game in five attempts against Kansas City, tonight, 4-2.

Pacing the Pale Hose to victory was Freddy Garcia.  Though not completely on his game, he battled all night, pitching 6 1/3 innings, allowing 8 hits and 2 walks, but only allowing 2 runs for the Royals.  Most of his early trouble came by the way of the hot-hitting Mike Sweeney, who doubled off Freddy in his first two at-bats, the first meaningless in the 1st inning, but the second, scoring David DeJesus to put the Royals up 1-0.  However, after Ken Harvey struck out to end the third, Joe Crede tied the score at 1 with a lead-off home run to lead off the Sox's 3rd frame.  A 1-2-3 fourth for Garcia set the stage for the offense to finally crack Runlevys Hernandez, who had been as impressive as Garcia to that point. 

After Carl Everett and Paul Konerko started the inning toothlessly with two quick outs, Aaron Rowand singled to center and stole second.  Ex-Royal Jermaine Dye drove him home with an RBI double and set up A.J. Pierzynski to be a hero, as his home run to right field gave Garcia and the White Sox all the runs they would eventually need on the night.

Still, give the Royals credit, they didn't roll over and die and kept Freddy on his toes all game.  In both the fifth and sixth inning, they would threaten with runners in scoring position, but could not get the big hit to open the game up.  Ruben Gotay flew out to Dye with Mark Teahen at second in the fifth, and in the sixth, a 1-out double by Harvey would also go to waste.  However, the work finally caught up to Freddy in the 7th.  After getting John Buck to strike out, a walk to Teahen and single by DeJesus forced Ozzie Guillen from the dugout to call on Neal Cotts, whose first pitch sailed to the wrong side of the plate, causing a passed ball and moving the runners to second and third.  The rest of the at bat was barely better, as Cotts walked Gotay and was done for the night.  Cliff Politte was called to face Sox-killer Mike Sweeney... with the bases loaded... klinging to a 3-run lead.  If this was any year between 2001 and 2004, Politte's third pitch would have been a hanging curveball right over the meat of the plate that would have landed somewhere on State Street.  Instead, Politte minimized the damage, getting Sweeney to fly out to Rowand in center and nearly got the double play, had Aaron's throw not caught the very edge of where the grass meets the dirt of the mound, causing it to weakly roll to Pierzynski.  Had that ball taken the right bounce, it is very likely Teahen would have been nailed at the plate.  Still, can't expect everything to go your way.  Ken Harvey struck out swinging to end the inning and preserve the 2-run lead.

After a 1-2-3 seventh for the Sox, and an easy 8th inning of work between Damaso Marte and Dustin Hermanson, the Sox had a chance to seal the deal in the 8th inning.  A 1-out double by Scott Podsednik chased Hernandez from the game in favor of Mike MacDougal.  During Tadahito Iguchi's at bat, Scott stole third, setting up a real scoring opprotunity.  Iguchi, however walked, bring up Carl Everett.  Though he struck out, Tadahito was able to swipe second, putting two runners in scoring position for Paul Konerko.  However, after a bit of a battle, he struck out on an off-speed pitch in the dirt and keeping him hitless in his last 22 at bats.  Never fear, though, a 1-2-3 ninth by Hermanson secured his his fourth save of the year, Garcia's third win, and the team's 20th.

The Sox and Royals wrap up their three game set tomorrow afternoon in Chicago.  It is the last the two will see of each other until Kansas City visits the Cell in late June.  Game time is 1 PM as Jose Contreras takes the hill for the South Siders against youngster Zach Greinke.  The game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: 
Still waiting for the meat of the line-up to start producing.  3-4 hitters Carl Everett and Paul Konerko go a combined 0-8 with 4 strike outs and 4 runners left on base.  The bottom of the line-up continues to carry the load as all four RBIs come from the 6-7-8 spots and the pitching solid pretty much all around.


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